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The Helio Sequence: Keep Your Eyes Ahead

Keep Your Eyes Ahead, the fourth album by Portland duo The Helio Sequence, offers a window to an alternate universe in which Fleetwood Mac pop-savant Lindsey Buckingham records maximized indie-rock for Sub Pop. It's a lot of sound for two guys (singer-guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer Benjamin Weikel), suggesting that every minute since 2004's Love And Distance was utilized to perfect the pair's already steady hand at soaring, addictive melodies, pleasant layers of guitar and keyboards, and clean, visceral drumming. The opener "Lately" is a mournful break-up ballad bolstered with Mercury Rev-ish broad strokes, while "The Captive Mind" recalls the best '80s synth-pop (alternating among Peter Gabriel, The English Beat, and Julian Lennon) without using the influence as a crutch.


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